Weedon nut factory fire: No environment damage detected

Weedon fire The fire in Weedon was allowed to burn out under control

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Firefighters avoided pollution damage to the local environment when tackling a factory fire in Northamptonshire.

The fire at Quality Nut Products in Weedon, near Daventry, started on 26 June and was allowed to burn out under controlled conditions.

Crews, who used a large amount of water to fight the fire, finally left the site last Friday.

The Environment Agency said there had been no damaging impact from the water on the River Nene or waterway systems.

The Environment Agency said it controlled the water runoff from the factory site by diverting or blocking drains.

Drains led to a balancing pond below the site and this was treated to keep oxygen levels high with the aim of supporting aquatic life.

Specialist clean up contractors were brought in when it was decided the pond was too polluted to maintain life.

Ecological report

No pollution reached the river system.

A spokesman for the agency said: "We are compiling an ecological report to assess the environmental damage to the pond.

"We expect this report to be completed next week.

"We can confirm that there was no environmental impact detected on the main River Nene."

The agency, Fire and Rescue Service and Daventry District Council will hold a meeting on Wednesday 24 July in Weedon Bec Village Hall to answer any questions residents may have.

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